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Thank the monkeys for chocolate!

I went to the Taza chocolate factory tour. I learned about the journey of chocolate from the seeds of the cacao tree to a chocolate bar. Chocolate is made from the seeds of the Theobroma Cacao tree. I was surprised to know that there would be no chocolate without the monkeys. The monkeys break open the cacao pods, eat the pulp and spit the seeds, which results in more cacao trees.

The Taza factory prides itself in starting the direct trade, where they buy the beans directly from the farmers, without involving the middlemen. Taza also ensures the cacao farms have fair and humane work practices. The best thing about the Taza chocolate factory tour was that I sampled tiny pieces of chocolate of different flavours.

How is chocolate made? The below pictures tell the story until the cocoa beans reach the factory.

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At the factory, the cacao beans are further processed to make them into chocolate bars and discs.

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After tempering, the refined chocolate is poured into moulds to make the chocolate bars and discs. That is the story of chocolate. It originated in a tree and ends up on the shelf in the supermarket.

The equipment used to make chocolate discs and bars.

The equipment used to make chocolate discs and bars at the Taza Chocolate factory

The store at the chocolate factory

The store at the chocolate factory

The cacao pods and a small grinder

The cacao pods and a small grinder

Featured image from http://ediblehi.com/what-is-it-cacao/, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocoa_bean and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chocolate


Quote for this post: If there is no chocolate in Heaven, I’m not going – Jane Seabrook


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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